Aboriginal ghost stories and other scary matter

Australia has a thriving imported heritage of nursery rhymes, fables, Halloween celebrations and Day of the Dead, but spooky spirits are also located within Aboriginal cultures.

Mamu (Pitjantjatjara), Mulyawongk (Ngarrindjeri), and Jerrewarrah (Bundjalung) are such entities, as well as contemporary mythologies created from the minds of artists. This exhibition presents such manifestations, including themes of surveillance, omnipresence and spiritual disembodiment.

Curator Troy-Anthony Baylis
Artists Bronwyn Bancroft, Joel Birnie, Destiny Deacon, Nura Rupert, Jacob Stengle

Presented by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in association with the Adelaide Festival of Arts

Image: Nura Rupert, Mamu (Spooky spirits) 2002, Ernabella, South Australia Ed and Sue Tweddell Fund for South Australian Contemporary Art 2006, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

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